The resource recovery center is progressing in the qathet region

The Qathet Regional District (qRD) Council will consider some administrative initiatives regarding the construction of the Resource Recovery Center on the site of the former City of Powell River Incinerator.

At the June 16 Committee of the Whole meeting, Trustees recommended to the Regional Council that Chief Executive Officer (GM) Al Radke and/or his delegate administer the construction management contract and have the ability to accept subcontractors. recommended contractors, suppliers and service providers in accordance with the contract.

Electoral Area E director Andrew Fall said he wanted to make sure that with the duties handed over to the chief executive, he would have time to deal with it.

“Somebody has to do it and it has to be done,” Fall said. “I appreciate the CAD being willing to do this, but I want to make sure it doesn’t overload our CAD.”

Radke said he would take responsibility reluctantly. He said with the departure of Director of Asset Management and Strategic Initiatives Melissa Howey from the qRD on June 24, someone has to take responsibility.

“There will be no problem with that in my mind,” Radke said. “We have set the parameters. I hope we find someone in good time and that I can then pass the reins to them.

Electoral Area B Director Mark Gisborne said with everything going on in the construction industry if the motion did not pass he assumed it would cause a backlog in the Regional District and he presumed that this would have a fairly significant financial impact, due to the cost of materials.

“How are we doing with our budget with the constant evolution of construction?” asked Gisborne. “I assume that if this motion passes, we can get on with it and make sure we can try to stay ahead of rising inflation and rising construction costs. Is that understanding correct?”

Howey said there are several large and important tenders underway for this project.

“Those are probably going to be the biggest contracts, and so those tenders close on June 24, and by then I think we’ll have a better understanding of what the actual costs will be today,” Howey said.

City manager George Doubt said he understands the request for proposals is for bids on multiple facets of construction. His question was when was the expected start of construction, and when was the completion of construction expected?

Howey said construction is expected to begin three or four weeks after that first batch of tenders is awarded. She said it could be before the end of July. She said the construction schedule would continue until the end of 2023, which is the estimated completion of the process.

Electoral Area D director and committee chair Sandy McCormick said she was concerned about the workload of staff. She said Howey’s departure would put enormous pressure on the CAO.

“Are you worried that there are things that won’t happen because of the workload? McCormick asked Radke.

Radke said certain aspects of the asset management department will definitely be slowed down or suspended. He said there will be a lot of emphasis on the Resource Recovery Center to keep it running at full capacity.

“It won’t be easy, but we’re all pulling together, so it’s important,” McCormick said.

According to a report by Howey, building permits have been received for the Extended Producer Building and the Transfer Station Building, as well as Site Services/Civil and Electrical Works. Building permits for the ladder house and site office are expected before the end of June, according to Howey.

In February, the regional board authorized the execution of a construction management contract for services and construction with MKM Projects Ltd. for the resource recovery center and the waste transfer station.

Carol N. Valencia